Originally Posted by climber-420
2kanzam................will you post up a few pics of your raft for reference for me. I am pretty much planning on making this a fly fishing raft only that can handle class III, and do the occasional overnighter. I am also looking at ways to make a rod holder tube of sorts from PVC pipe/conduit. Any insight you can give a new guy would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
I'll show it but it's rather unconventional compared to what you see here and for fishing set-ups but it is what works best for me and my type of trips (typically day trips on clas III-III+ on the New River in WV with 2 passengers-a few overnighters a year with 2-3 people)
My FF set-up is simple: 14' foot NRS w/ A stern frame and that's basically it. The cooler is on the floor but strapped to the kickbar with the rear thwart in between the two. Middle thwart removed for floor space and front thwart left in because the ole' lady likes something comfy to sit on. Gives the passengers lots of room up front to move around and keeps the boat light (some WV accesses are less than accomodating) while I get a fun ride in the rower's seat and a good vantage point.
I don't bother with rod holders in my big rafts. Rods that high seem to get in the way of overhanging trees or whip around in the big rapids, we just strap them to a thwart or frame when we go through a big rapid. My ducky and flatwater cheap chinese boats have rod holders (home made pvc) since space is more of an issue and are typically used on calmer waters.
My camping frame is where pics would come in handy...I've tried to explain my hillbilly campin wagon before...so here goes....
The stern frame is moved forward so that the rower's seat is above where the rear thwart would be but is now taken out. To maintain geometry and give room to hang dry barrels (red barrels/white lid you see in pic) I built a "bench" that spans the tubes at about the same height as the kick on the stern (this maintains geometry) and the frame/seat rest ontop of that. Dry barrels are suspended under the bench, tackle boxes/first aid strapped to the top of the bench on either side of me.
Middle thwart is removed again. (in fact I rarely use my middle thwart)
I remove my kickbar and attach a single-bay "day frame" to the stern frame. In that bay the coolers (and what not) are suspended. The day frame stops just short of the front thwart, which is in and gives the ole Lady something squishy to sit/lay on. The rear compartment has a cargo net which gets fully packed and covered. The front bay is essentially open.
This is about the best pic I have that shows what I did for the gear boat, but not everything is in it's place or strapped in. This is 4 people's gear but only 3 people riding in the boat. Thats absolute max unless a person wants to ride face to face with me while sitting on the cooler.